Germany failed to deliver the promised Gepard anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine, Welt reports, citing sources in the Kyiv authorities.
“The delivery of Gepard anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine stalled eight days after Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht announced it. By Tuesday, the federal government had been unable to obtain suitable ammunition.
As noted, Germany announced its intention to transfer Gepard to Kyiv on April 26. The publication calls the choice of these installations unexpected, since the government of the country was aware of the shortage of shells for them at the end of February.
The supply problem arose due to the ban by Switzerland on re-exporting weapons to the war zone – ammunition for the Gepard is produced in this country. And 23,000 shells from the German arsenal will be enough for thirty launchers planned for delivery to Ukraine for only half an hour of firing, sources in Kyiv told the newspaper.
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin On February 24, he announced a special military operation in Ukraine in response to the request of the leaders of the Donbass republics for help. He stressed that Moscow’s plans do not include the occupation of Ukrainian territories, and the goals are the demilitarization and denazification of the country.